As the trees are turning colors and the leaves are beginning to fall lets consider two important tips to help prepare our trees for it all.
Water & Mulch!
Well the heavy rains that have come through Central Texas these past few days have obviously been a relief to us, our yards, our land, and especially our trees. Saying that, the total effects of severe environmental stress may not be seen for years. Best management practices that focus on preservation under extreme conditions is important.
Water Wisely. Begin by understanding basic water requirements for the trees. For example, in dry periods water once a week, in fall once every 2 weeks and once a month in winter. And consider increasing the frequency, especially if no significant rain has fallen.
Next, it’s important to identify the last time water ( through nature or man ) was applied to the trees keep from overwatering and saturating a root zone.
Use a screwdriver to measure moisture depth. Push the screwdriver 4-6 inches below the surface at the drip line of the tree. If you feel strong resistance it’s safe to say the tree needs water. If no resistance and the screwdriver goes to a depth of 4-6 inches than wait a few days and repeat the process.
At a minimum, trees should be watered at the dripline. Trees generally need 5-10 gals water per inch of trunk diameter.
Use the lower end for healthy trees, the higher end for stressed trees. Water slowly and deeply to ensure that water percolates well below the soil surface to the tree roots.
Mulch effectively, besides proper watering, the best thing you can do for your trees is to apply mulch over their root systems. Apply mulch as needed to maintain 2-4 inches deep. Keep mulch 4-6 inches from trunk taper ( base of tree ). Expand mulch out to the drip line as reasonably possible.
So just a couple of tips to help you help your trees this Fall and Happy Thanksgiving To All.